President of the Republic of Tajikistan

Remarks of the President of Tajikistan at CSTO summit

16.09.2021 13:20, Dushanbe city

"Dear Colleagues!

I agree with the assessments voiced that today adverse processes in the sphere of military-political security are growing in international relations.

Also, we must not forget that we are still in a dangerous phase of the pandemic.

The pandemic, unprecedented in its scale and consequences, has led to a protracted global socio-economic crisis, which, without exaggeration, has an impact on our security as well.

The catastrophic situation in Afghanistan directly affects Central Asia's collective security.

Today, Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster.

The complex and dangerous situation that has developed in this country is not only a problem for the Afghan people, but is also becoming one of the most acute regional and global problems.

The Taliban reneged on their previous promises to form an inclusive government with broad participation from other political forces and ethnic groups in the country, and announced the creation of an Islamic emirate based on harsh medieval Sharia laws, led solely by members of their movement.

The announced composition of the interim government does not take into account political, ethnic, and linguistic diversity, as well as gender equality.

This means that in the next two or three years the imposition of extremist ideology in Afghanistan will intensify, and the likelihood of the expansion of these destructive ideas into adjacent regions will multiply.

Tajikistan strongly condemns all forms of lawlessness and persecution of the Afghan people.

Taking advantage of the military-political vacuum, various terrorist forces are actively strengthening their positions in the country.

Before our eyes, Afghanistan is once again turning into a hotbed of international terrorism.

According to information coming to us every day from different regions of Afghanistan, the real situation on the ground is completely different. It is many times worse than what is presented in the media. We can clearly see this in the example of Panjshir.

The Taliban have completely blocked the area's access to food and other essential items. The UN, the International Red Cross, and other international humanitarian organizations are deprived of the opportunity to fulfill their mission."

Dear Colleagues!

Tajikistan supports the restoration of lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and remains committed to this position.

We are convinced that the problem of Afghanistan has no military solution, and in order to urgently solve the political security problems of the neighboring country, it is necessary to create an inclusive government with the involvement of broad sections of society and the participation of representatives of all nationalities.

The political system in this neighboring country should be determined taking into account the will and position of all citizens, without any outside interference.

The indifference of the international community to the current situation in Afghanistan can lead not only to a protracted civil war, but also to tragic events comparable in scale to the terrorist attacks of 2001.

The current situation in Afghanistan is exerting strong pressure on the Tajik-Afghan section of the southern borders of the CSTO.

In this context, we consider it necessary to continue consistent joint work toward the earliest completion of the coordination of the Target Interstate Program of the CSTO to strengthen sections of the Tajik-Afghan border.

More active effort must be made to cut off the channels of financial and logistical support for terrorist groups.

Special attention should be paid to the information work of terrorists, their use of latest technology, including the internet.

Despite some positive trends in recent years, the drug threat also continues to have a negative impact on the security of the region of CSTO responsibility.

We hope that the Anti-Drug Strategy implemented within the framework of the CSTO for the next five-year period (2021-2025) will give an additional impetus to the solution of these issues, as well as to our cooperation. "

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